[Minor Spider-Man: Homecoming spoilers to follow.]
Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters later this week, and it looks like two particular scenes from the movie’s trailers aren’t included in the final cut. Homecoming takes place sometime after the events of Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, in which Tom Holland not only made his highly anticipated debut as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, but was also recruited by Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, to fight alongside his team against Cap’s team.
Holland reprises his role as Peter in Homecoming this week, which also introduces audiences to his supporting cast, consisting of the likes of Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, among others. Since Homecoming marks the first solo Spider-Man film to be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey Jr.’s Tony and Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan have joined the teenage superhero’s movie to help ease the transition – and potentially help the hero meet the standards to join the Avengers team later down the line (which we know he obviously does). To emphasize their inclusion, though, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures’ marketing teams featured Spidey and Iron Man flying over Queens together at the end of the movie’s trailer. However, it seems like that scene isn’t included in the final cut.
Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s cast and crew have been making the press rounds promoting the upcoming film. In a recent interview with ScreenCrush, Watts explained why they didn’t include the shot of Vulture (Michael Keaton) coming down a hotel atrium as well as the shot of Spidey and Iron Man flying together.
“The hotel atrium shot was originally created for Comic-Con, for like a sizzle reel before we had really shot anything; we had shot like two weeks of footage or something. That was never meant to be in the movie. But I did use that angle for Vulture’s reveal at the beginning of the movie; Vulture’s hovering, swooping towards the camera like that. I used that shot, it’s just no longer in an Atlanta hotel atrium. And then shot of [Spider-Man and Iron Man] together in Queens, that was never in the movie.”
Watts’ explanation for the hotel atrium is understandable, especially since it’s common practice for Hollywood studios to promote movies and TV shows at major industry events such as Comic-Con without having actually shot any footage. As for the scene of Spider-Man and Iron Man together over Queens, here’s what Watts had to say:
“I think what happened was in the very first trailer they wanted a shot of Spider-Man and Iron Man flying together. And they were going to use something from the Staten Island Ferry [scene], but it just didn’t look that great — the background plate, because the Staten Island terminal is a very simple building. It almost looks like an unrendered 3D object. So I think I was like ‘Let’s just put them in Queens. Let’s use that as a backdrop.” Because we couldn’t just create a whole new shot, so let’s just use one of these shots of the subway; put them in there.’ I feel a little weird that there’s a shot in the trailer that’s not in the movie at all, but it’s a cool shot. It’s funny, I forgot that we did that.”
Although it’s not too surprising that the studio would want to use footage of Spider-Man and Iron Man swinging and flying together for marketing purposes, considering that they are the two main characters, some moviegoers may be disappointed in the scenes’ exclusion. Plus, it would be a mistake not to bank on Iron Man’s inclusion in the film. After all, there hasn’t been a billion-dollar movie in the MCU, thus far, without his involvement. Since these are only two scenes, with one of them having been replaced with another similar scene, most moviegoers may overlook their omissions and simply move on. However, this could also fuel the fire regarding the discussion of including certain scenes in trailers to promote films only to remove them from the final cut.
People may remember that several scenes featuring Jared Leto’s Joker were removed from the final cut of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad last year, which caused an uproar among moviegoers, so much that some of those scenes were later added in an extended version. Similarly, every scene featuring Anna Paquin’s Rogue had been cut from the theatrical version of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Twentieth Century Fox ended up releasing a special Rogue Cut of the movie the following year. Although most movies tend to include virtually every scene from the trailers, it’s inevitable that some of those scenes won’t make it into the final cut. After all, filmmakers aren’t always in control of whatever marketing teams do.
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